Remember way back on September 12th when the President accused Mitt Romney of having “a tendency to shoot first and aim later”? That criticism was in response to a Romney campaign statement in which the Republican candidate criticized the administration for ‘not condemn(ing) attacks on our diplomatic missions’. The thinking was that Romney had inappropriately injected politics into a national tragedy.
Turns out he was actually just injecting a bit of reality into a national tragedy.
Since that time, we have learned that the White House knew the attacks were not spontaneous protests, that they were indeed acts of terrorism, and they had been carried out by Al Qaeda affiliates.
Fox News reports:
An intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News that no threat assessment was conducted before U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team began “taking up residence” at the Benghazi compound — describing the security lapses as a “total failure.”
The claim comes more than two weeks after Stevens and three other Americans were killed in what is now being described officially as a terror attack possibly tied to Al Qaeda.
The source told Fox News that there was no real security equipment installed in the villas on the compound except for a few video cameras.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, the intelligence source said the security lapses were a 10 — a “total failure” because Benghazi was known to be a major area for extremist activity.
A total failure that led to four murders.
Now, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is trying to take the fall for the White House…
The office of the United States’ top intelligence official appeared to take the blame Friday for the Obama administration’s changing narrative on the U.S. Consulate attack in Libya, saying administration officials who initially claimed the attack was spontaneous did so based on intelligence officials’ guidance.
The statement by Shawn Turner, spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, was put out late Friday — at the close of a tumultuous week for the Obama administration over the Libya attack.
The problem here is that even if National Intelligence was incorrect in their initial sentiments, they realized their error within 24 hours, something which the White House was also knew about.
Turner, though, sought to explain that officials who discussed the attack as spontaneous did so based on intelligence community assessments.
“In the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo,” he said. “We provided that initial assessment to Executive Branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available. Throughout our investigation we continued to emphasize that information gathered was preliminary and evolving.”
However, sources have told Fox News that intelligence officials knew within 24 hours the attack that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead was terrorism, and that they suspected it was tied to Al Qaeda.
It’s unclear, then, why the intelligence community told Executive Branch officials it was spontaneous.
To believe this version of events is to believe that the Director of National Intelligence knew within 24 hours that the United States had just suffered a terrorist attack with casualties on the anniversary of 9/11, and he still lied to his own superiors by telling them it was spontaneous. Absurd! If that were even vaguely true, then the President would have no choice but to ask for Clapper’s immediate resignation.
And again, the Obama administration continued lying to the American people for several days after the fact, culminating with the President’s speech to the U.N. two weeks later, in which he still gave credence to the idea that a protest of an anti-Muslim video is what caused the attacks.
The media should be apologizing to Mitt Romney for the heat he took after condemning the administration’s response to the attacks. President Obama should apologize for saying Romney shoots first and aims later.
18 days after the attack the President is still shooting and has yet to aim.
Will the cover up continue until election day, or will the President be forced to admit the scandal?
And will the American people fire this man in November?